off the mark

off the mark
adverb (or adjective)
: away from the main point or focal center

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off the mark
1. Off target
2. Well away from the start in a race
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off (or wide of) the mark
incorrect or inaccurate

his solutions are completely off the mark

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off the mark (or wide of the mark)
: not accurate or correct : not achieving the desired result

The results of the fund-raising were wide of the mark.

His efforts to console her were off the mark. [=his efforts to console her did not help]

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Main Entry:mark

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